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11 remain in Epsom Oaks - with Aidan O'Brien responsible for Moth and Say

Updated: Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:20 | Comments

Was was victorious for Ballydoyle in 2012
Was was victorious for Ballydoyle in 2012

Ante-post favourite Secret Gesture features among 11 fillies declared for a superb renewal of the Investec Oaks at Epsom on Friday.

The daughter of Galileo shot to prominence for the mile-and-a-half Classic with a devastating display in the Lingfield Oaks Trial and will bid to give trainer Ralph Beckett his second win in the race, following Look Here's triumph in five years ago.

Secret Gesture will carry the colours of Qatar Racing for the first time after Sheikh Fahad snapped up a half-share earlier this week, but Jim Crowley keeps the ride.

Beckett has an interesting second string to his bow in Pretty Polly winner Talent, the mount of Richard Hughes.

Aidan O'Brien has saddled four previous Oaks winners, including last year's heroine Was.

This year the Ballydoyle handler saddles two runners, with son Joseph partnering 1000 Guineas third Moth in preference to runaway Cork maiden scorer Say (Seamie Heffernan).

O'Brien's Snow Queen was the only withdrawal from the confirmation stage.

Hughie Morrison runs Cheshire Oaks winner Banoffee, supplemented at a cost of #30,000, while Sir Michael Stoute's Liber Nauticus was towards the head of the betting even before enhancing her claims with victory in the Musidora Stakes.

Michael Bell runs Madame Defarge and The Lark, with the field completed by Gertrude Versed, Roz and Miss You Too.  

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